If you get into a car accident that’s more severe than a “fender-bender,” step one is to assess whether there are injuries. If you or a passenger is hurt, call 911. If people in the other car are hurt, call 911. Figuring out what caused the accident can wait. Sometimes injuries are not apparent right away, but if someone is unconscious, bleeding freely, or obviously hurt, get medical help as soon as possible. Emergency medical personnel can assess the severity of injuries and stabilize injured parties if they need to be transported to a hospital.
Move Vehicles off the Road if Possible
Sometimes it is not possible to move cars that have been in an accident off the road. If a driver is too injured to drive, or if the car no longer runs, you may have no choice about moving the vehicles. If, however, there is a shoulder or parking lot you can move the cars to, assuming the drivers are able, it’s a good idea to move cars off the road, especially if the accident happened over the crest of a hill or on a curve. Wrecked vehicles left on the road can result in other accidents as drivers come upon the scene unknowingly.
Call the Police and Report the Accident
Report the accident by calling 911 or your local police department. One or more officers will arrive at the scene and take down the particulars of the situation, such as the location, whether anyone was injured, and exactly what damage was done to the vehicles. If other property was damaged (such as signs, landscaping, mailboxes, or other stationary objects on the side of the road), police will make a note of it. They will also get statements from those involved in the accident if possible.
Take Photos if You Are Able
If you are in a hit and run accident, tell as many details about the other car as you can. These memories will fade quickly, so it’s important to speak with police right away. If you or a passenger is able, take pictures of the scene and of the cars. If someone is injured due to someone else’s distracted or reckless driving, photos can be important to your Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney.
Speak with a Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Attorney
If you’re injured in a car accident because of another person’s actions, call a Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney at the first opportunity. He or she can assess the case, work with insurance companies, and help ensure that you are adequately compensated for your medical expenses and other expenses like lost wages. It is important that you not sign anything from the insurance company before speaking with your lawyer. Insurers want to pay out as little as possible, so they will try to make a settlement with you quickly. If you sign off on a settlement before you know the extent of your injuries, you may face both medical and financial problems. Working with a personal injury lawyer can prevent this from happening.